Semiu’s Viva voce
Date: 31st July, 2016
Venue: Viva room, AHSGS of Arts & Sciences.
Ayobami Akanmu Semiu, is my PhD student from Nigeria. A diligent and hardworking student I would say. On top of working on his research work and thesis, he works himself to exhaustion trying to add papers to his CV! No..no, I am just joking. he writes because it is the regulation of the university that the candidate should produce at least one journal article to graduate. The article published at international level is a kind of approval and open up to the many opportunities for learning and connecting that are happening all around the candidate’s work.
Semiu was passionately connected to his thesis and remain engaged with his research and me, his supervisor. I have always deployed weekly meetings as the best pattern for supervision to nurture this connection. Though I do not claim that Semiu is lacking in time-management, I just wanna provide a tight accountability structure for him (and the same approach is applied for all my students). I believe, when students know that that written work or progress is expected each week, and they have to sit in an office with a supervisor who is evaluating their work, that stress creates productive writing and research (he..he.. kalau nak jumpa hari Rabu, hari Isnin student dah panic!)
Back to his viva voce session, in the beginning was not a smooth one. The Q&A session as usual, always tough and sometimes can drive us crazy. I still remembered how Semiu sweats all over! While waiting for the results, he keeps on pulling one tissue after another, wiping his face, head…
But the ending, like all box-office movies, is a happy one. Alhamdulillah, he passed with just minor corrections.